2017 Mayors’ Symposium & Statewide Arbor Day Celebration

The 2017 Mayors’ Symposium & Statewide Arbor Day Celebration
February 14, 2017      10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center
225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta GA

Join us for the second annual Mayors Symposium on Trees and statewide Arbor Day Celebration presented by Trees Atlanta, the Georgia Forestry Commission, and the Georgia Urban Forest Council. The 2017 event will focus on model sustainable corporate and college campuses, including Chick-fil-A, Georgia Tech’s EcoCommons, and the Living Buildings Challenge. Innovations implemented on campuses are demonstrating urban forests as an integral part of campus and city design. We will also hear from mayors from Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, and Dunwoody who are collaborating across city boundaries for better community outcomes. Stephanie Stuckey Benefield, Atlanta’s new Chief Resilience Officer, will address the importance of city forests in our sustainability efforts. Robert Farris, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission will help us recognize new and renewing Tree City USA communities, Tree Line USA utility companies, and Tree Campus USA colleges.   See agenda here.  3.5 ISA Arborist CEUs will be available.  Forester continuing ed hours applied for.  A certificate of attendance will be available for landscape architects and others.

Registration:  $60 GUFC members, $75 non-members, $50 Tree City USA/Tree Board, Tree Campus USA college staff, Tree Line USA utility employees. Click here or on the button below to register.

ALL CITY MAYORS ARE OUR GUESTS FOR THE EVENT (please RSVP using link above or below).


Arborist Certification Review Class March 22-23 in Macon

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborists Gretchen Musser and Rob Swanson on March 22 and 23, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days), at the Georgia Forestry Commission auditorium, 5645 Riggins Mill Road, Dry Branch, Ga 31020  (near Macon). Gretchen and Rob will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees. REGISTRATION FEE: $100 GUFC members; $115 non-members (Lunch and refreshments provided on both days.) STUDY GUIDE: Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide (not included) to prepare for the review and the exam. The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at www.isa-arbor.com and www.amazon.com. An ISA Certified Arborist exam will be scheduled approximately one month after the review course for those wanting to take it. Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam. SCHOLARSHIPS:The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA Certified Arborists. Download scholarship form here. Scholarship application must be approved by the Georgia Forestry Commission before registering for the class. CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: ISA CEU hours will be available for certified arborists taking the class as a refresher course. Questions? Call Mary Lynne Beckley at 470-210-5900 or e-mail her at marylynne@gufc.org

Eventbrite - Arborist Certification Review Class March 22 and 23 in Macon

2016 Annual Conference: The Power of Collective Impact in Urban Forestry

2016 Annual Conference photos

2016 GUFC Annual Conference held November 2-3

GUFC presented its Statewide Fall Annual Conference & Awards Program November 2 & 3 at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia.


Paul D. Ries, Manager of the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program for the Oregon Department of Forestry and Instructor and Director of the Graduate Certificate  Urban Forestry program at Oregon State University, led with talks on “The Power of Collective Impact in Urban Forestry.”  We also enjoy talks by horticulturist and author Erica Glasener (“The Impulse of Why:  A Passion for Trees”), the University of Georgia’s Dr. Kim Coder (“Ecological Renovation”) and other noted experts.  Included in the conference were breakout sessions on related topics, offsite tours, our Excellence in Urban Forestry awards luncheon and a Tree Board Roundtable with Tips for Success with Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers.  This annual conference is always an enjoyable opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones who, like you, are concerned about maintaining Georgia’s green legacy and  helping communities grow healthy trees and incorporate trees into their planning and growth.  See agenda here.


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